• The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    The Crowdfunded Hardware Ecosystem

    In the past six years crowdfunding has become a popular, if not the most popular, form of financing for hardware startups, potato salad distractions notwithstanding. Over the years we’ve seen a variety of successful crowdfunding campaigns translate early crowd love into great venture capital rounds. We’ve even seen a few, like Oculus, manage to use successful campaigns to… Read More

  • Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

    Emberlight Turns Any Dimmable Bulb Into A “Smart” Light You Control With Your Phone

    Smart light bulbs – like the Philips’ Hue connected bulbs or those from LG, GE or Samsung - are an easy jumping off point for those wanted to experiment in the “connected home” arena without the complexity or costs involved with the installation of a full “smart home” system. But even still, those bulbs aren’t cheap: A 3-bulb starter pack of Hue bulbs… Read More

  • Ahead Of Earnings, A Mixed Developer Landscape For Microsoft

    Ahead Of Earnings, A Mixed Developer Landscape For Microsoft

    A recent report by Developer Economics details a mixed picture for Microsoft’s Windows Phone and Windows 8 platforms. Microsoft reports its earnings today after the bell, making the results of the survey more interesting. How will Microsoft frame its progress in attracting developer attention, and will its notes agree with the established figures? Read More

  • Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

    Mozilla’s Asm.js Technology Makes Its Commercial Debut With Dungeon Defenders For The Web

    For the longest time, web-based gaming meant that you had to install (often dubious) plugins to make games run smoothly in your browser. WebGL and other technologies changed that a bit in recent years, but because JavaScript isn’t exactly a speed freak, plugin-free gaming never quite took off. Mozilla has been trying to work around this with asm.js, a subset of JavaScript that can… Read More

  • Buy Last-Minute Broadway Tickets With TodayTix

    Buy Last-Minute Broadway Tickets With TodayTix

    Mobile accounted for more than 50% of ecommerce last year, yet was just 0.08% of Broadway sales. TodayTix is changing that with its last-minute theater ticket app, and it’s making good money along the way. Six months after launch, the startup has 120,000 users, 15 employees, is making a hefty 12% margin on purchases, and is set to sell 1% to 2% of all Broadway tickets in 2014. The… Read More

  • FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera

    FLIR ONE Starts Pre-Orders For Its iPhone Thermal Imaging Camera

    If you ever wanted to experience how the Predator sees the world, now’s your chance, and all you’ll need is an iPhone and the FLIR ONE case. The FLIR ONE case packs a full thermal imaging camera that sees variances in temperature on the infrared spectrum, and works with either the iPhone 5 or iPhone 5s, along with the FLIR ONE companion app. It can show you a live view of the… Read More

  • Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    Quandoo Closes $25M Growth Financing Round To Take On OpenTable

    OpenTable is the main real-time reservation platform for restaurants, but it’s an old incumbent and there is plenty of opportunity out there. New startup Quandoo wants to address this area and today it’s close its Series $25m growth financing round lead by Piton Capital and affiliates. It will use this cash to extend its market Germany, Austria and Italy across Europe as well… Read More

  • Restaurant Tablet Provider E La Carte Opens Up To Outside Developers

    Restaurant Tablet Provider E La Carte Opens Up To Outside Developers

    Already providing an interactive tablet for every table to give Applebee’s diners an alternative way to order, pay for food, and amuse themselves with social games, the electronic restaurant management and gaming hardware and software developer, E la Carte, is now opening up its platform to outside developers. The company wants to enable any app developer or company to be able to… Read More

  • Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio Launches New eBook Publishing Platform Based On Google Drive

    Liberio is a new platform (launching today out of private beta) for simple eBook creation and publishing straight from Google Drive. Liberio could be used to create anything form a eBook, magazine, school project, you name it, and from publishing to distributing the finished product. Its competitors including Leanpub and Inkling are already established, but Liberio is hoping that its approach… Read More